Exploration for gas hydrate resources in the South China Sea began in the late 1990s. A series of geophysical and drilling expeditions have since been carried out in the marginal sea. As a result, large amounts of seismic data have been accumulated, and tens of exploration wells have been drilled. Several blocks (e.g., the southern and eastern parts of the Pearl River Mouth basin on the northern South China Sea margin) have proven to be rich in gas hydrate resources. This special section of Interpretation is devoted to gas hydrates in the South China Sea. Six contributions are included, with...

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